The 92nd Hastings International Chess Congress kicked off today (Wednesday, December 28) at Horntye Park Sports Complex.
The event, which runs until January 5, is in memory of Con Power, who was congress director for more than 20 years.
Mayor Judy Rogers opened the annual event by playing a game of chess.
Players this year include 12 grandmasters and one woman grandmaster from 28 countries. As well as the titled players, female players and under-21 and under-18 players are all well-represented. Almost 300 chess players are taking part in total this year.
The congress is jointly sponsored by Hastings Borough Council and Tradewise Insurance Services.
Additional support comes from The White Rock Hotel, Lansdowne Hotel, The John Robinson Trust and KC Computers and from the family of Con Power.
Organisational help comes from the English Chess Federation.
The main Masters Tournament is an open event and also provides opportunities for players to achieve ratings and title norms.
Alongside this tournament there are New Year tournaments for club players.
The 34th Hastings Weekend Congress is also part of the programme and this also attracts players of all levels.
For more information visit www.hastingschess.com.
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